5 Ways to Ensure You’re Speaking the Same Language
When we first meet with new clients, we always ask what they are
envisioning for their new home or space. And oftentimes, their vision sounds
- “We’re thinking
contemporary, but not mod-contemporary.”
- “I love everything so-and-so
has done. Except maybe that.”
- “I know what I don’t want.”
- “You know what I mean?”
Vision is the art of
seeing what is invisible to others. It’s what we do daily here at Debowsky
Design Group; we translate what you want in a home, predict what you’ll need, use
our expertise and experience to bring your vision to fruition, and we communicate
all the way until it’s built.
If you’re building or
renovating a home, we want to be sure you and your build team are speaking the
same language. Here are five critical tips to help you get it right:
- Do your research. Online resources like Pinterest and Houzz
make it easy to tightly define your preferred style even before meeting with
your architect and design team. That same deep-dive applies to the build team
you ultimately choose; assess their experience, client reviews, and
- Be concise. Clear communication is key when sharing your
vision with your build team. If they don’t understand what you want, you may
not get it. Pictures help.
- Ask questions. Ask a
lot of questions. Your goal is to understand the services your chosen firm
offers and make sure they match your expectations, from budget adherence to
timeline expectations. This is also another opportunity to learn more about the
way they return your calls and answer your questions. If they’re not in a hurry
to respond before they have your business, consider that a red flag.
- Don’t procrastinate. It’s a mistake to assume you’ll have
time to shop while your home is being built. There are a lot of items you’ll
need to choose, from doorknobs and windows to countertops and light fixtures.
To really keep a handle on your project cost, we help our clients select
everything ahead of construction. This allows your build team to factor in
prices and gives us ample lead time for purchases.
- Rely on your build team. You did ample research before
choosing them, right? Trust your decision and their ideas. (Especially if
they’re our ideas. We’ve got good ones for your new home.)
If you’ve chosen to work with
us at Debowsky Design Group, you can rest easy. We’ve got decades of experience
building homes in South Florida, so our list of references and partners is
extensive and excellent.
More importantly, you can
be sure we share your vision because we work hard to achieve project fluency.
So, when you ask, “You know what I mean?”, we do. We always do.